Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia in Canada. It is located on Vancouver Island and is home to roughly 300,000 residents. The city was originally the major port in British Columbia, until Vancouver became a major city.
Victoria is well known to have a disproportionately large population of retirees, owing to its moderate climate, with warm summers and mild winters. However, the city also has a large student population, as the University of Victoria is located within the city and is a sought-after University with a good reputation of academics.
The city still has a working harbour as well as a large tourist industry. Many people visit Victoria for its climate, oceanic beaches and beautiful landscape. Outdoor activities are popular in the area, including hiking and sailing. The network of islands around Victoria make for excellent sailing conditions.
On July 1st of every year, Canada Day is celebrated in Victoria with a large fireworks display and many festivals throughout the city. The city's namesake, Queen Victoria, indicates that the British influence in the city is apparent, and the Legislature buildings are a popular tourist attraction, made in the Romanesque revival style and featuring picturesque copper roofs. Located in Greater Victoria on Vancouver Island, the Butchart Gardens offers magnificent floral display, and is ranked as one of the top tourist attractions in the city.
Victoria is easily accessible by ferries between the mainland near Vancouver and to ports in Washington, as well as by floatplane, which makes for a unique experience. It has many historic buildings, aboriginal totem poles and the oldest Chinatown in Canada.
Victoria's mild climate allows many restaurants access to the highest quality ingredients, so dining in Victoria is a wonderful treat. The traditionally upscale Sooke Harbour House offers a consistently delicious meal with only the freshest ingredients. Owing to the strong British influences, you'll find many teahouses, including the White Heather Tea Room, which is always held to the highest standard of excellence and authenticity.
The oldest pub in British Columbia is found in Victoria. The Six Mile Pub was founded in 1855 and still has its old world charm and serves excellent beer. The Bengal Lounge offers an international experience, with Indian influenced décor and excellent curry buffet. On weekends, it hosts live jazz and draws clientele in with the dessert buffet.